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Dig Two Graves: A Gripping Crime Thriller (Solomon Gray Series Book #1) by Keith Nixon – Review by Angela Hayes

Dig Two Graves (Detective Solomon Gray #1)Dig Two Graves by Keith Nixon
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

 

Dig Two Graves is the first book in the Detective Solomon Gray Series by Keith Nixon. This is my first book by Mr. Nixon, and it won’t be the last. After finishing this interesting first instalment in the series, I snapped up the other three books in the series so I could keep following Solomon and see what happens next. The story is a little dark, gritty, raw, and emotive. It’s quite a complex story that is not only a crime/murder mystery, but also quite an in-depth character study of the quirky, flawed, and complicated man that is Detective Sergeant Solomon Gray.
Solomon has a tonne of baggage that haunts him- he is an obsessed and driven soul, self-medicating with booze, pills, and cigarettes. He’s cranky, prickly, stubborn, and lonely. He has suffered great personal loss over the course of the past 10 years- starting with the disappearance of his (then) 6 year-old son. He hasn’t really ‘lived’ since- his job has become his life. He dedicates every spare moment into going over the case file looking for clues, or exploring any tiny thread of hope, no matter how unlikely. He has never stopped looking for and thinking about his son. But, is weighed down by a heavy burden of guilt and sorrow.
So, when a body of a 16 year old boy turns up after an apparent suicide (the same age his son would be now)- it starts off an investigation that will lead Solomon down avenues he never imagined. With twists and turns that he (and I) didn’t see coming, the story kept me guessing right till the end. What will Solomon discover? Where will the investigation lead him? Will he discover what happened to his son?
The story is told from both a ‘present’ perspective, as well as showing ‘flashbacks’ of the past. The transitions are seamless and well done. The flashbacks help to build the backstory, as well as adding to our knowledge of Solomon himself.
This is a tightly woven plot, with vivid descriptions and clever details. This helped make both the storyline, and characters, realistic and believable. The characters are fully developed individuals with their own quirks, flaws and personalities. I did find it hard to connect and invest in Solomon as a character, and he frustrated me a lot. I did feel for him, as a parent I really empathized with him, and I don’t think you ever get over something like that. I appreciated his dedication, and skills- but would have like him to be a little more endearing. I would also have like some more police procedure/investigation, and suspense- as I felt that this part of the story suffered a little, from the focus on Solomon and his ‘character study’. But, that being said, I still enjoyed the story, and would definitely read more of Mr. Nixon’s work- like I already mentioned, I am already exploring the next few books in this series.

Thank you, Mr. Nixon!

Reviewed by @angelahayes

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Less You Know: a gripping psychological suspense thriller (Ashes to Ashes Book 2) By Rowena Holloway – Review by Katie Kearney

Less You Know (Ashes to Ashes #2)Less You Know by Rowena Holloway
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Less You Know: gripping suspense (Ashes to Ashes Book 2) By Rowena Holloway. Once again I’m taken on quite the roller coaster ride with a story that kept me guessing. The author knows how to keep the readers completely entranced in the story. The attention to all details is amazing. The characters are complex and relatable and you truly feel like you’re on this journey with them. I got completely caught up and couldn’t put it down until the end. It’s well written and paced nicely never feeling rushed or lacking. I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a story that keeps you on the edge of your seat. I’m giving this book a five star review and can’t wait to read more from this author.

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Less You Know: A Gripping Psychological Suspense Thriller (Ashes to Ashes, #2) by Rowena Holloway – Review by Melissa Agena

Less You Know (Ashes to Ashes #2)Less You Know by Rowena Holloway
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

All I can say is, “WOW!” Less You Know is the second book in the Ashes to Ashes series by Roweena Holloway. Now I will also say that you really need to read the first book before reading this one. There is a lot of information that book that will give you a foundation for this book. Charlotte Ashe wants to expose Tyrone Garner. That is until Charlotte’s best friend Allie goes missing. Now there are all kinds of questions that arise. Charlotte is definitely on a mission to find her friend and uncover the real truths behind Tyrone Garner. Just like the first book, there are so many twists and turns that you will run into, which make this story riveting! I seriously could not put this book down! Charlotte’s character has really changed in the sense that she’s much more sure of herself and has serious guts! She has grown since her first appearance in the first book. I really love this series! This author is amazing at her descriptions and she definitely has a way of pulling you in and keeping you interested the whole way through. Truly captivating writing! There is also a cliffhanger that has you sitting on the edge of your seat wanting more and more! I cannot wait for the next book in the series! I hope it is just as good and the last two book have been.

Review by @vegasdaisie

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Less You Know: a gripping psychological suspense (Ashes to Ashes Book 2) by Rowena Holloway – Review by Candida Hopper

Less You Know (Ashes to Ashes #2)Less You Know by Rowena Holloway
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Less You Know: gripping suspense (Ashes to Ashes Book 2)
By Rowena Holloway

This book captured my attention from the beginning and kept me engaged throughout. As soon as I started this story the action started and then came the twists and turns and kept me guessing. This book can be read as a standalone but it’s my recommendation that you read the first book in this series. The author does an awesome job taking me on a thrilling ride as she weaves a very detailed and vivid story so much so that you feel like you are right there experiencing all the danger and suspenseful moments. There are wonderful characters in this series, some you will love and some you will hate. This is truly a great read. I highly recommend this book.

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Less You Know: A Gripping Psychological Suspense (Ashes to Ashes Book 2) by Rowena Holloway – Review by Heather Bahm

Less You Know (Ashes to Ashes #2)Less You Know by Rowena Holloway
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Less You Know is the second book in the Ashes to Ashes by Rowena Holloway. This gripping psychological suspense was another thrilling page-turning read. The author has this method to keep the reader engaged in the story with the perfectly tuned details. I enjoyed the character growth seen in Charlotte from the previous book in the series. The additional characters shared in this second novel, such as Allie, were wonderful. I thoroughly loved the suspense, the mystery in this story. It was filled to the brim begging me to continue to see where the author was leading me and the characters. I typically am not one to read these type of stories, but Rowena Holloway has woven a compelling story within the series that is a must read for any suspense lover.

Reviewed by @hbahm

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Bad Things Happen: A Gripping Psychological Thriller by Rowena Holloway – Review by Gail Guerrero

Bad Things Happen (Ashes to Ashes, #1)Bad Things Happen by Rowena Holloway
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

BAD THINGS HAPPEN A gripping psychological thriller by Rowena Holloway

Four Stars

Bad Things Happen sounded like a new movie hitting theaters. Charlotte is looking for the story that will make or break her career. That story just happens to figure some dangerous players. This story was so thrilling. I couldn’t get enough of how well the author wrote this story. Joey is on the run but time seems to be catching up to him. So many secrets and lies. The characters had grown with the story and the author gave us a thrilling ride.
Reviewed by @gguerrero89

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